Peace begins in the Heart
On Saturday, 21st of September, Copenhagen saw hundreds of peaceful people marching through its streets, flying banners for peace. In these days when every news-broadcast includes reports of death and destruction, it is not at all usual to see people taking time and effort to stand for peace and harmony.
The Peace-Walk was organized by Tænk Med Hjertet, on the occasion of the Annual United-Nations Peace Day.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of Christian Borg and then marched through the city till Nørrebrohallen, where stands were erected, speeches were delivered and finally the event concluded with music performances.
Liv Bangsbo Petersen of Tænk Med Hjertet is one of organizers of the Peace Walk: ‘’the purpose of the Peace Walk was to gather people of all kinds and to show each other and the world that we want to live in peace and love, and that we are ready for change. To show that we are ready to stand for other places around the world which are not enjoying the peace which is in Denmark. It is important to remove our fears of each other and the barriers between us and to build trust and unity among us. If more and more people around the world will do what they can to make this a better world, then at some time, there will not be anyone left to pull the trigger, and the governments will have to fight their own wars, because the people will not agree to fight against each other.
‘’We are not against any nation or people, but rather we are for peace. It is easier to get people to do something out of anger against something, then it is to inspire them to act for something – but this is our approach and in the long run this will give results.
‘’In Tænk Med Hjertet we want to open people’s eyes to see that there is another way of living, we can be more open, more united, we can help and be there for each other. In Denmark one out of 4 people is lonely. We are a society where we often look away, we are too focused on our own lives that we forget the people around us who need a smile, a hand, help or to be listened to.’’
Among the organizations participating in the event was also Natha Yogacenter, being a long time promoter of peace and harmony in any life-situation. Natha operated a stand at the rally’s gathering place in Nørrebrohallen.
Soren Gannik is an engineer and yoga teacher in natha and was present at Nørrebrohallen : ‘‘In the stand I was explaining that peace starts with us. Different scientific studies already prove what yogis have been saying for many years – that our thoughts affect the reality around us; we can say that we create our destiny with our thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts spread as a sort of magnetic waves all around us. When we feel hate or fear – we are polluting the planet with these awful energies. But when we love and give love – these are the impulses that spread far and wide, affecting the people around us and even many far away from us. It is documented that the magnetic impulses that come from the heart are many times more powerful than those which come from the brain – and in regards to traditional science this signifies that love can be much more powerful than the negative states, which are often lived in a subconscious manner’’.
Another Yoga teacher from Natha who was present in the rally is Arthur Lederer: ‘’It is wonderful to participate in such a heartfelt event, with people who wish for peace and are willing to act for it. We all have to realize that we have a responsibility towards the world we live in and to the entire humanity. Our minds keep getting away from us – while our hearts are left behind. We are constantly creating problems with our minds, because we do not know how to control our own thoughts. The answer to these problems can come from the heart.
‘‘If we follow the heart and act from the heart, then there are many things that we can do to help bring peace. For example, a simple meditation that anyone can do every day, to help promote peace in us and in the world:
Close the eyes and relax, keeping the spine strait and vertical. Focus your attention at the level of the Spiritual Heart, in the middle of the chest. Evoke a state of love – it can be the face of a loved person, a memory of a moment when you felt overwhelming love or a piece of music that awakens love in you. Now realize that you are feeling this love NOW and that it is in you and is not dependent on anything exterior. Go deeper into this love, in your heart. Gradually expand this love, from the heart, until it is a sphere all around you. Expand this love, from the heart, until it is enveloping the entire room, the entire building, the neighborhood, the city, the country, the planet. Now come back slowly and become aware of the special state of love, freedom and peace which appears in your heart.
‘’We can take every day some time and offer love back to the planet which gives us life and sustains us, we can reaffirm our responsibility to the family of humanity in which we are all sons and daughters.’’